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It all started in 1926 when…

Case Western Reserve University (formerly known as Western Reserve University) opened a settlement house and called it University Settlement. Hence the ‘University’ and ‘Settlement’. Since then, University Settlement has gone through many changes including serving as a settlement house, an assisted living center, and at one point owned nearly 50 properties in the area. The past 90 years have been a series of learning how to adapt to meet the current needs of the community. There is one thing for sure, serving the residents of the Broadway-Slavic Village area has always been at the forefront of our mission.

The history of University Settlement is a long one, but we are most excited about our future.


What do we do?


We strengthen families and provide resources to help with family preservation

We provide educational programs for youth to address learning gaps

We assist community residents with our food pantry programs

We improve seniors’ quality of life with wellness programs


We educate about financial literacy and employability skills

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Meet the Team

Earl Pike - Executive Director


Earl Pike began working as University Settlement's Executive Director in January, 2018. Prior to this he worked as a consultant to many local and national nonprofits, and spent over 10 years as the CEO of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Earl specializes in strategic planning, fundraising, grant writing, advocacy/public policy, and change management. He has experience as a NIH researcher in the area of health disparities, and teaches a class at John Carroll University on Strategic
Planning and Nonprofit Strategy.


Patty Gullian
Deputy Director

Patty Gullian has dedicated 30 years to University Settlement and currently serves as the Director of Program Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology from Cleveland State University and is a licensed social worker. Patty began her career in the nonprofit sector at what is now known at the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland.


Sara Amato
Interim Development Manager

Sara Amato began working at University Settlement as the Development Coordinator in 2017. She has BA degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology and a minor in Spanish and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Administration from John Carroll University. She serves as the Development Director on the Board of Kelli’s C.R.U.S.A.D.E. and has previously worked at the United Way of Greater Cleveland.


Jalene Pardon
Finance Manager

Jalene Pardon started with University Settlement in 2016. Prior to her working here, she worked as the Co-Director at Shaker Square Area Development Corporation (SHAD), and previously was an Accountant at East Side Catholic Center & Shelter. She has a Master’s in Business Administration and Accounting from Jones International University.


Allison Woods
Adult Wellness Program Manager

Sandra Buckner
AmeriCorps NEO Skill Corp Manager

Frederick Knuckles
Building Strong Families Manager

Grace Wright
Community Resource Manager

Kelly McConnell
Educational Manager

Karla Trammell
Systems of Care Manager


Meet our Board of Directors

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